Legal Services

About The Role

We are happy to accommodate flexible working and exact working patterns will be agreed with the successful candidates.

This is an excellent opportunity to support the Legal Services Office embed our new office structure and take forward our agility programme to diversify skills, empower colleagues to achieve their potential and improve team resilience. 

Legal Services is an integral part of the Parliament and the contribution it makes to democracy in Scotland. Focusing on solutions we work as a team to provide high quality, robust legal advice and support to the SPCB, Presiding Officer, Committees, and the Parliamentary Service on all aspects of its work. Our aim is to enable them to make sound decisions informed by legal and business risk. 

In addition to contributing effectively to delivery of their team’s workload, Senior Solicitors will play an important part in driving forward the delivery of our agility programme through managing one of our three work pools: scrutiny of subordinate legislation, chamber desk and publications review. You will manage your pool within a cross-team group. You will be responsible for ensuring the pool’s core services are of high quality and delivered effectively and efficiently.  

You can indicate a preference for which pool(s)/team(s) you wish to be offered if successful, but roles will be allocated by the panel to successful candidates as best meets business needs. Please indicate your preference in the ‘Additional Information’ section of the recruitment site.  

Working collaboratively, you will lead change through empowering team members to deliver high quality work which will enhance the reputation of the Parliament. You will support the Senior Management Team to embed continuous improvement and the skills required of the parliamentary lawyer across teams to develop our staff and increase our resilience. You will also champion collaborative working across the parliamentary service, promoting positive and open communication, as well as our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

For further information about the role please contact Judith Morrison, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament and Head of Business Assurance Group, [email protected]  

Please apply before 11.59pm on 5 October 2022.  Full details of our selection process are outlined below. 

About You

The successful candidate will be an experienced solicitor skilled in one or more of scrutiny, legislative interpretation, parliamentary procedure, data protection or information handling. You will be confident in delivering independent and impartial advice in line with the Parliament’s values within the political and parliamentary context. You are approachable and supportive: valuing the contribution each colleague makes to delivering excellent parliamentary services.  

You demonstrate personal credibility with excellent communication and influencing skills that result in your advice commanding respect, with the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships. You act as a role-model for others, taking personal responsibility for delivering your professional obligations. 

You have a record of delivering projects successfully, prioritising work effectively, and working inclusively with a diverse range of people and groups to deliver high quality results and service improvements. You are resilient and can inspire colleagues to embed positive change. You have good mentoring and coaching skills and are passionate about contributing to an inclusive and collaborative working culture which values diversity and encourages openness.  

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description 

The Selection Process

Stage 1 

We are a values-based organisation. Our values are a central part of our working
culture and our people management processes. We use these to recruit, manage and develop our staff. For more information on our values and behaviours framework, please visit our 
values pages in our Staff Handbook . 

To apply for our roles, click 'apply' and this will allow you to register (if you’ve not already). 

You’ll be asked to answer 5 Yes/No screening questions relating to your experience and to write a values-based statement based on the job description of the role you’re applying for. The job description will detail the main recruitment selection criteria under each value, in the sections titled “And in delivering these, you will have”. Your application will be assessed solely on your statement. 

You’ll need to provide one or more examples to cover each bullet point, in the four value sections entitled “And in delivering these you will have”   

Please provide details from your background or career, of where and how you have demonstrated that value.  

When completing and submitting the values-based statement to apply for this role: 

Please provide evidence against each of our four values, a maximum of 400 words is allowed per value   
Please use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to address the key delivery requirements under each value in the Job Description 
Each value should be clearly formatted, and your examples may include specific skills, experience, abilities, knowledge and strengths you have 
We have a separate box on our system for you to input each value 
Please do not input anything into the values boxes until you’re ready to submit your application 
Please complete your answers to the questions offline, perhaps in Word, and then copy and paste your answers into the system when you're ready to submit your application  
We recommend that you check your answers, by reading the inputted information in the box, when you've copied and pasted the information into the system, just to ensure it's all there 
Please only click 'Next' to submit your application when you're content it’s complete. When you click “Next”, you don't have the option to go back 
If you 'cancel' then your work won't be saved  
The system will time out after an hour and your work will be lost if you don’t complete it in that time. You don't have the option to save your application and return to it later 
If the system times out, you can go into your ‘candidate profile’ to access and complete your statement 
If you mistakenly submit your statement prior to completing this on the system, please email [email protected] with full details of the role you’re applying for, what has happened, and your completed statement
Please note that only your values-based statement will be submitted to Hiring Managers, without any personal details, and they will then select candidates for further assessment or interview.


Stage 2 

At the final stage, you’ll be invited to attend a virtual panel interview to explore the value competencies at which you will be asked to make a short presentation. There will also be a scenario-based question. Interviews will be held between 1 and 3 November, although this is subject to change.  

Feedback will only be provided on request to those who attend interview.  

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please email [email protected]. 


After the interview 

We’ll aim to let you know the outcome of your interview as soon as we can. This will normally be within 10 working days. If you’re unsuccessful at interview stage, you can ask us for feedback. We want to ensure a positive candidate experience, so we’ll also contact you to ask for your feedback on the whole recruitment process.  

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here. 

If you hold an adjustment passport, we encourage you to discuss your current working hours and adjustments in relation to the role you’re applying for.